Macau becoming World's Poker Capitol

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For years, Las Vegas was considered the world's poker capitol because the WSOP happens here, and so did the biggest cash games. But lately, we've seen a big shift in the poker scene as more and more poker pros descend upon Macau to play.

The Macau cash games action really picked up around the time that the 2011 APPT Macau event began. However, it wasn't the poker tournament that players were interested in, but rather the fact that numerous rich Asian businessmen were attracted to these cash games.

This being the case, dozens of notable poker pros have come to Macau including Phil Ivey, Andrew Robl, Tom Dwan, Johnny Chan, Sam Trickett, Patrick Antonius and James Bord. And this has already made for some very interesting stories such as Chan winning $1.4 million in a single session, one single pot reaching $13.8 million, Andrew Robl winning and losing $2 million in the same day, and Phil Ivey's presence. 

Out of these stories, Ivey's appearance was a very big story since he'd been relatively absent from the live poker world in recent months. The reason why is because he had a lot of money and reputation tied into Full Tilt Poker. And when this poker site went down after Black Friday (April 15th) and lost their gaming license in June, Ivey's earnings and public image took a huge hit.

Getting back to the subject at hand, there is also a rumor that Macau could host a $100 million poker tournament in 2013. The news came from American businessman William Murray who said, "The goal is to have 500 participants with one-third coming from the Far East, one-third from the U.S., and one-third from other countries. The subscription for the seats in the Far East has already been taken."

If this tournament happens, it would eclipse the $82.5 million prize pool that was offered in the 2006 WSOP Main Event. However, it's also worth mentioning that the $200,000 buy-in featured in this poker tournament would make it difficult for the average grinder to buy-in.

This being said, the $100 million tournament is still just a work in progress at this point. But if it does happen, then Macau might truly cement their region as the world's poker capitol.